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Security chief warns of terrorists infiltrating social organisations, government institutions
Detik News – July 18, 2017
Coordinating Minister for Politics, Security and Legal Affairs (Menko Polhukam) Wiranto has warned that terrorists could infiltrate various institutions including social organisations (ormas) and government bodies.

Police already have list of anti-Pancasila groups to be disbanded
Tribune – July 17, 2017
The national police already have a list of social organisations (Ormas) that will be disbanded following the issuance of Government Regulation in Lieu of Law (Perppu) Number 2/2017.

LBH Jakarta: 'Anyone labeled anti-Pancasila or supporting separatism will be eliminated'
Liputan6 – July 15, 2017
Jakarta Legal Aid Foundation (LBH) Executive Director Alghiffari Aqsa says that Government Regulation in Lieu of Law Number 2/2017 on Revisions to Law Number 17/2013 on Social Organisations or Perppu Ormas is prone to misuse by the government.

Anti-Ahok protesters now defending Trump business partner and 'infidel' Hary Tanoe
CNN Indonesia – July 14, 2017
Presidium Alumni 212 chairperson Ansufri Idrus Sambo says that his organisation does not just defend ulama (Islamic scholars), but anyone who is mistreated, even if they are deemed to kafir (infidel, unbeliever).

Hard-line Islamic group denies receiving money to defend 'infidel' business tycoon Hary Tanoe
Tempo – July 14, 2017
The Alumni 212 Presidium has held a protest march from the Sunda Kelapa Grand Mosque to the offices of the National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM) to lodge a complete over a case involving Indonesian Unity Party (Perindo) chairperson Hary Tanoesoedibjo.

What are the political party's positions on the new social organisations law?
Detik News – July 14, 2017
The government has issued Government Regulation in Lieu of Law (Perppu) Number 2/2017 on Social Organisations. It has already been received by the House of Representatives (DPR) and will be deliberated at the next sitting of the House.

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Timor Leste votes for more of the same
Asia Times – July 24, 2017
Preliminary results from Timor-Leste's general election indicate the two largest political parties, which formed a de facto ruling partnership in 2015, have retained a majority of votes.

Indonesian leader polishes strongman image by calling for drug killings
CNN – July 24, 2017
Indonesian President Joko Widodo has called on police to kill drug dealers who resist arrest in what critics say is an attempt to burnish his credentials as a strongman leader among wavering voters.

Jokowi courts political risk with ban on hard line islamic group
Bloomberg – July 24, 2017
Indonesian President Joko Widodo risks further alienating conservative Muslim voters after being granted new powers to outlaw religious organizations.

Indonesia's Telegram ban: who's the real target?
Indonesia at Melbourne – July 24, 2017
The Indonesian government's partial blocking of the messaging application Telegram – which has several million users in the country – may be an effective tool to pressure the tech company to comply with government requirements, but not to curb extremism as it claims.

Diversity concerns as gated Muslim communities increasing in popularity in Indonesia
ABC Radio Australia – July 24, 2017
In the satellite city of Depok, 40 kilometres south of Jakarta, 47-year old mother of four Heni Rahayu sits in her living room to explain to the ABC why she wants to live near Muslims and Muslims alone.

Timor-Leste election: 'Disenfranchised youth' party wins first seats in parliament
ABC Radio Australia – July 23, 2017
A Timor-Leste political party with links to martial arts gangs and "disenfranchised young men" will for the first time have seats in the country's new parliament.

East Timor: Election results pave the way for coalition government
Sydney Morning Herald – July 23, 2017
East Timor's Fretilin party has opened the way for the formation of a broad-based unity government to rule the tiny nation for the next five years as it led counting of votes in Saturday's national elections.

Indonesia: Jokowi orders police to gun down foreign drug traffickers
Asian Correspondent – July 23, 2017
Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has issued a shoot-to-kill order against foreign drug dealers and traffickers, as he called for tougher action in Indonesia's war on drugs.

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Indonesia: 'Religious rights' bill would harm minorities
Human Rights Watch Statement – July 20, 2017
The misnamed religious rights bill is nothing less than a repackaging of highly toxic regulations against religious minorities in Indonesia.

Legal Aid Foundation statement on new social organisation law
Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation – July 12, 2017
The following is a joint statement by the Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation (YLBHI) and 15 Legal Aid Foundation (LBH) offices across Indonesia on the recently enacted Government Regulation in Lieu of Law (Perppu) Number 2/2017 on Social Organisations.

Up to 150 people reported arrested in Nabire, West Papua
Australia West Papua Association (Sydney) Media Release – July 8, 2017
Hundreds of KNPB activists of the Nabire region were arrested and transported into truck Nabire Police in Bukit Meriam witnessed by a Papuan mama.

Indonesia: Counterterrorism law changes threaten rights
Human Rights Watch Statement – July 12, 2017
Indonesia's parliament should scrap proposed revisions to its counterterrorism law that are overbroad, vague, and would unjustifiably restrict basic rights, Human Rights Watch said today.

Indonesia: Three indigenous Papuans illegally detained after distributing statements on the street
Asian Human Rights Commission Urgent Appeal – July 7, 2017
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from a local partner about the arbitrary arrest and detention of three indigenous Papuans in Nabire, Papua province, Indonesia.

Indonesia: Torture occurs repeatedly as perpetrators enjoy impunity
Asian Human Rights Commission Statement – June 23, 2017
A Statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) on the occasion of International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.

Indonesia: Indigenous Papuans face persecution while exercising their right to freedom of assembly and expression
Asian Human Rights Commission Urgent Appeal – June 14, 2017
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from Press Legal Aid (LBH Pers) regarding the persecution of members of the National Committee for West Papua (KNPB) and Local People Assembly (PRD) on 30-31 May 2017.

Indonesia: Army personnel in Papua brutally attacked protesters in front of the military base
Asian Human Rights Commission Urgent Appeal – June 9, 2017
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information regarding the brutal attack by officers of the military regional command (Korem) 172/PWY in Jayapura, Papua against congregants of the Indonesian Christian Church (GKI) Sion Padang Bulan.

Indonesia: Stop persecution against the right to freedom of expression and opinion
Asian Human Rights Commission Statement – June 5, 2017
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has become aware that persecution against people who exercise their right to freedom of expression and opinion is very widespread in Indonesia. The violations are mostly committed by hardline groups.

Indonesia: Police raids foster anti-gay hysteria
Human Rights Watch Statement – June 2, 2017
Indonesia's national police force should immediately investigate recent raids by local law enforcement on gatherings of gay men, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to national police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian.

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East Timor: In Timor-Leste, more power-sharing likely but election hard to pick
Asia Pacific Report – July 20, 2017
Twenty-one parties will contest 65 parliamentary seats and decide who governs Timor-Leste in national elections this Saturday.

Indonesia: Constitutional Court lets local governments off the leash
Indonesia at Melbourne – July 4, 2017
Decentralisation reforms enacted following the fall of Soeharto gave local governments unprecedented powers to govern their own affairs, including by issuing bylaws, commonly called perda (peraturan daerah).

Indonesia: Identity politics: mobilising religious sentiment in democratic Indonesia
Indonesia at Melbourne – June 14, 2017
More than any other previous Indonesian election, the 2017 Jakarta gubernatorial election saw candidates playing with identity politics to attract votes.

Indonesia: Jakarta is still the oligarchs' turf
New Mandala – June 12, 2017
As some scholars argue, there is insufficient proof of the 'neoliberal' nature of the policies that outgoing Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama has led.

Indonesia: Indonesian Borneo is finished: They also sell orangutans into sex slavery
Counter Punch – June 2, 2017
How destructive can man get, how ruthless, in his quest to secure maximum profit, even as he endangers the very survival of our planet?

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Foreign academics at Thai Studies Conference send weak and meaningless message to Thai junta
Ugly Truth Thailand – July 23, 2017
Despite the military junta, the repression and the destruction of academic freedom in Thailand, it was "business as usual" for most of the foreign academics who attended the 13th International Thai Studies Conference in Chiang Mai last week.

East Timor election: mass turnout amid reported threats
Sydney Morning Herald – July 22, 2017
Two major parties appear set to dominate voting on Saturday in East Timor's fourth parliamentary elections since the tiny half-island nation gained its independence 15 years ago.

Timor-Leste consolidates its young democracy
Asian Studies Association of Australia – July 22, 2017
In a colourful and noisy event, unblemished so far by the violence that marred the first few years of independence, Timor-Leste prepares for its fourth parliamentary elections this Saturday. By conventional criteria, it has passed the test of consolidating its young democracy.

Jokowi orders police to gun down foreign drug traffickers
Jakarta Post – July 22, 2017
President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has instructed law enforcement officers to impose the sternest sanctions on drug dealers operating in Indonesia, including gunning them down if necessary.

Indonesian religious ministry to propose tougher blasphemy laws
Asian Correspondent – July 21, 2017
Indonesia's Ministry of Religious Affairs is preparing revisions to the country's so-called Religious Rights Protection Bill that would significantly expand the definition of blasphemy and allow harsher punishments for the crime of insulting religion.

Indonesia's police chief touts killing drug dealers as crime solution
Human Rights Watch Dispatches – July 21, 2017
The head of Indonesia's police on Thursday unveiled a new policing approach to combating drugs: shooting suspected dealers.

Indonesian human rights concerns go unheard, and Thursday protest goes on
Voice of America – July 21, 2017
A silent protest in front of the Indonesian Presidential Palace in Jakarta has convened every Thursday afternoon for the last 10-and-a-half years, and its participants have no plans to stop until the government addresses their human rights concerns, many dating back to the Suharto era.

Police investigate mass organizations believed to be 'anti-Pancasila'
Jakarta Post – July 21, 2017
The National Police are investigating a number of organizations believed to be acting against the state ideology of Pancasila and the 1945 Constitution, a day after the government banned Islamic organization Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI).

Election bill passed, presidential threshold intact
Jakarta Post – July 21, 2017
The House of Representatives approved late on Thursday a long overdue election bill, which now only awaits the President's signature to become law.

Pepsico, Unilever and Nestle accused of complicity in illegal rainforest destruction
The Guardian (Australia) – July 21, 2017
Pepsico, Unilever and Nestle have been accused of complicity in the destruction of Sumatra's last tract of rainforest shared by elephants, orangutans, rhinos, and tigers together in one ecosystem.

Freeport Indonesia mine workers extend strike for fourth month
Reuters – July 21, 2017
An estimated 5,000 workers at the giant Grasberg copper mine operated by Freeport-McMoRan Inc's (FCX.N) Indonesian unit will extend their strike for a fourth month, a union official said on Friday, in an ongoing dispute over layoffs and employment terms.

Asia's coal-fired power boom 'bankrolled by foreign governments and banks'
The Guardian (Australia) – July 20, 2017
The much-discussed boom in coal-fired power in south-east Asia is being bankrolled by foreign governments and banks, with the vast majority of projects apparently too risky for the private sector.

Asia's youngest nation offers glimmer of hope for LGBT rights
Asia Correspondent – July 20, 2017
Marching through the streets of East Timor's capital Dili with a rainbow flag in his hand, Natalino Guterres was overwhelmed with emotion, reminding him of how he felt 15 years ago when he saw the Timorese flag raised for the first time.

Timor-Leste: Failing state or missed opportunity?
The Diplomat – July 19, 2017
There is a lot of doom and gloom about the possibility of Timor-Leste becoming a failed state. Caution is understandable, as failed states create regional instability. However, there is a tendency to overlook the positive steps that Timor-Leste takes toward stability.

Hizbut Tahrir to challenge disbandment by government
Jakarta Post – July 19, 2017
Muslim group Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI) is set to file a lawsuit with the Jakarta State Administrative Court (PTUN) to challenge the revocation of its legal entity status and instruction to disband by the government, the group's lawyer Yusril Ihza Mahendra has said.

Indonesia's ban of Islamist group undermines rights
Human Rights Watch Dispatches – July 19, 2017
The Indonesian government today ordered the disbanding of Hizbut Tahrir, a conservative Islamist group that supports the creation of a Sharia-based Islamic caliphate to replace the country's pluralist democracy.

Why banning 'extremist groups' is dangerous for Indonesia
Washington Post – July 19, 2017
Last week, Indonesian President Joko Widodo signed into law a decree to make it easier for his government to ban any group it deems "extremist."

Indonesia bans Islamic organisation Hizbut Tahrir to protect Pancasila
Sydney Morning Herald – July 19, 2017
The Indonesian government has banned Islamic organisation Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia, claiming it needs to safeguard the existence of the nation's pluralist state ideology Pancasila and the 1945 Constitution.

Indonesia: Government officially disbands Islamist group Hizbut Tahrir
Asia Correspondent – July 19, 2017
Indonesia's government has legally disbanded fundamentalist group Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI) for threatening national unity and the state ideology in the world's largest Muslim-majority country.

Plot to murder Ahok detected on Telegram: Official claims
Jakarta Post – July 19, 2017
The discovery of a plot to assassinate former Jakarta governor Basuki "Ahok" Thajaja Purnama in a monitored conversation was one of the government's reasons for blocking web access to the chat application Telegram, an official has said.

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